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CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 10:00am EST
have an opportunity that our voice is heard. their 150 members of congress. that is more than one-third of the body. traditionally, folks have come to washington and waited there time and tried to do something 10 years later. we've got a group of people in the class is combined to want to make sure their voices is a part of the process. >> the current freshman class has given speaker boehner -- how do you see your freshman class in along with the speaker -- getting along with the sp eaker? >> i do not know him well. i believe that our freshman class is a diverse group of folks. we of the more than a dozen business owners. -- have got more than a dozen business owners. we have dozens of folks who have been involved in local and state governments. they're coming to washington to get things done. speaker boehner has a very hard job. when president obama makes a decision for the executive branch of government, it is the agenda for that branch of government. speaker boehner cannot really do anything more than the votes he can obtain for any part of that agenda. i have heard very little
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 6:00am EST
, congress recognizes you today with our nation's highest civilian honor. congratulations, palmer,. -- arnold palmer. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the majority leader of the united states senate, the honorable harry reid. [applause] >> as an 18 or 19-year-old young man, i came to the realization i was not going to be the athlete of my dreams. i was not big enough, fast enough, or good enough. but i still have those dreams. i get up every morning, with all the things the we do here, unemployment, energy problems -- when i get up in the morning, i get "the new york times," and the first place i go is the sports page. for a few minutes every morning, i dream of the athlete that i wanted to be. [laughter] and as i have dreamed over the decades, i thought, wouldn't it be great to be able to meet a babe ruth or lou gehrig? or maybe a rocky marciano? joe frazier? but today, i have been able to meet two of the people i have dreamed about going down to that 18th hole. with a good put, i can win this thing. this is a personal privilege for me to be able to meet the great jack nicklaus and to be
FOX Business
Dec 30, 2012 2:30am EST
week. >> our american family is about to go over the dairy cliff . congress must have a farm bill by the end of the year. an old law would kick in to force the government to buy milk at another price. how painful will it get for us in the grocery store? >> it tells us how insane. the sound of the cows tell you what will hpen. this is based on marketing act. it is a consequence . we have a bureaucracy that is based on this . the federal government an act in 1942. the supreme court in which a guy growing gra on his own farm can feed himself and his own cattle was told b the supreme court he could not do this because it is it in violation . act it is it about milk and 1949 and the federal government is going to go and make a mark a make a fair market o this . we'll buy it at eight dollars a gallon. >> and it is johnathon. that milk your drinking is about to do you believedouble in price. >> forget the cookies. >> that's the problem and the farm bill is the problem. government should center zero role in milk agriculture production. it is it so long las that interventi is the probl and
FOX
Dec 29, 2012 11:00pm EST
to midnight, we're counting down to the so-called fiscal cliff. if congress does nothing, taxes go up on everyone. mike emmanuel has more. >> reporter: lawmake -- lawmakers return to capitol hill in a last-minute attempt going over the fiscal cliff. congressional leaders are looking to avoid tax hikes on most americans but key disagreements on eptitlesments and tax rate thresh finds remain. president obama's original plan called for increasing taxes on families earning more than $250,000 now $400,000 could be a number on the negotiating table. >> the $400,000 level seems to me to be with about right. that represents about the top 1% of income earners in the country and is they got knee% of the growth and there is some flexibility there. >> reporter: the republicans say the u.s. is not facing's revenue problem. >> i feel like i'm a lifeguard and we have to save as many people from drowning and higher taxes as we can. >> reporter: in the weekly address to the nation, president obama urged congress to do something. >> we can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >>
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 10:30am EST
. coast chambers of congress are in -- both chambers of congress are in. the senate is in at 1:00 eastern time. votes are scheduled at 2:00 p.m. eastern. majority leader harry reid and minority leader mcconnell had set a deadline of 3:00 p.m. when they're planning to convene a caucus meetings and update members of the parties on a possible plan for taxes and spending on the new year. will bring you live coverage of the senate on c-span2 started at 1:00 eastern. in the house, the return of 2:00 p.m. you'll be considering a number of pieces of legislation. what the live coverage of the house here and c-span. next, retiring senator kent conrad reflects on his career in congress to. it is currently senate budget committee chairman and was first elected to the senate in 1986. this is about half an hour. >> senator conrad, your farewell speech was yesterday. what is that like? >> it has been great. i had the going away party the night before. a lot of my colleagues were there. then the farewell speech, in which i had a chance to reflect on my service here. but also, to challenge my colleagues t
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 7:00am EST
are headed into a critical sunday session of congress with a similar mission to avoid historic tax hikes, setting the stage for a high wire a final act of fiscal cliff negotiating just two days before the country is hit with a series of tough austerity measures. -- that again is from politico this morning. you're getting your thoughts, and we want to hear your message to congress on the fiscal cliff negotiations. the politico story mentioned what was happening on saturday evening on capitol hill. here is the washington post -- the washington post also offers a handy time line of what is set to happen today in the countdown to the cliff. at 1:00 p.m., the senate is set to reconvene. at 2:00 p.m., the house reopens. -- tonight or tomorrow, on monday -- that is our schedule, the fiscal cliff count down today. i want to turn out to nancy cook of the national journal. she is here to give us -- give us all the latest. her latest story -- and the cook, thank you for joining us. guest: thank you for having me. we are at this late hour. all of these tax hikes and spending cuts are slated to take
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 11:00am PST
the fiscal cliff? >> well, i think we're going to find out in the next 48 hours what congress decides to do. but i think it's important for the american people to understand exactly what this fiscal cliff is. because it's actually not that complicated. the tax cuts that were introduced in 2001, 2003, 2010, those were extended and they're all about to expire at the end of the year. so on midnight, december 31st, if congress doesn't act, then everybody's taxes go up. and for the average family, that could mean a loss of $2,000 in income. for the entire economy, that means consumers have a lot less money to make purchases, which means businesses are going to have a lot less customers, which means that they're less likely to hire and the whole economy could slow down at a time when the economy is starting to pick up and we're seeing signs of recovery in housing and employment numbers improving. so what congress needs to do first and foremost, is to prevent taxes from going up for the vast majority of americans. and this was a major topic of discussion throughout the campaign. what i said was, t
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 1:00pm PST
in the next 48 hours what congress will decide to do. but i think it's important for the american people to understand exactly what this fiscal cliff is. it's actually not that complicated. the tax cuts that were introduced in 2001, 2003, 2010, those were extended, and they are all about to expire at the end of the year. so on midnight december 31, if congress doesn't act, then everybody's taxes go up. and for the average family, that could mean a loss of $2,000 in income. for the entire economy, that means consumers have a lot less money to make purchases, which means businesses are going to have a lot less customers, which means that they are less likely to hire, and the whole economy could slow down at a time when the economy is actually starting to pick up. we are seeing signs of recovery in housing and in employment numbers improving. and so what congress needs to do, first and foremost, is to prevent taxes from going up for the vast majority of americans. and this was a major topic of discussion throughout the campaign. what i said was that we should keep taxes where they are for 9
FOX Business
Dec 30, 2012 4:00am EST
, everybody. gerri: hello, everybody, president obama calling on congress just moments ago asking to avoid the fiscal cliff. he said he is moderately optimistic that a deal could be done by december 31. congressional leaders are working on crafting a bill. certainly no grand bargain here that would improve entitlements. if they can't get a deal, the president has told harry reid to put the white house proposals up for an up or down vote. the details just keep on coming out. with us now are two guests. first, we are going to go rich edson. he is here with the very latest. tell us what you made of the president's comments. he was very direct. reporter: he was. d now he passes on to the senate. senate majory leader harry reid, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. they are trying to come up with something that can pass the house and the senate. the president laid out a proposal earlier this evening. at the beginning of this meeting. $250,000 per year. that income would be shielded from tax increases, and now he wants an extension of unemployment insurance. that is something that essentially
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
understand that as the clock winds down, republicans in congress are using this time to, again, threaten to allow middle class taxes to go up in order to extract these tax breaks for the wealthiest, because they don't think they should contribute anymore to reducing our deficit. >> they say obviously that it's the democrats who are stone walling here. they said they were expecting a counteroffer to their offer this morning at 10:00. at 2:00, we saw mitch mcconnell come out and say we still don't have a deal. we've heard criticism about the president's tone today on "meet the press." this is what john boehner had to say, blaming the failure of a deal on the president. >> your response? >> well, that's very interesting, chris, because speaker boehner has refused to even hold a vote in the house of representatives on the president's proposal. we're not asking speaker boehner to endorse the president's proposal. we're not asking republicans to say they want to endoris the proposal. we're simply asking for a vote. we believe that republicans and democrats together could get a majority for the
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 10:30am EST
is running out for congress to make a deal. and what a difference a day makes. on thursday, things looked bleak. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate we have not heard a word from leader mcconnell. nothing is happening. >> we wanted an agreement, but we had no takers. >> o'donnell: it took a trip to the white house and a package scolding from the president. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. >> o'donnell: but by week's end, senate leaders agreed to make a last-ditch effort to get a deal. >> so i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> i'm going to do everything i can. i'm confident senator mcconnell will do the same. >> o'donnell: we'll have the latest on what that agreement might look like but will it actually do anything to cut the deficit? and what happens nay don't get a deal? we'll hear from two senators who have been working together on deficit reduction, assistant majority leader dick durbin of illinois, and senator tom coburn of oklahoma. then we'll look forward to 2013 with an all-star panel
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 2:00pm EST
with an interview on "meet the press." and their efforts in congress. here is what he had to say. [video clip] >> i am confident that we will see an agreement in the next 48 hours. if that does not happen, democrats in the senate will put a bill on the floor of the senate and republicans will have to decide whether or not they will block it, meaning that middle-class taxes go up. i do not think that they would want to do that, politically, but they may wind up doing that. if all else fails so that taxes go up on middle-class families on january 1, we will come back with a new congress on the fourth and the first bill on the floor will be to cut taxes on middle-class families. i do not think that the average person is one to say -- gosh, that is a really partisan agenda on the part of the president or democrats in congress. people will say -- that makes sense, that is what the economy needs right now. if one way or another we get through this -- do i wish that things were more orderly in washington, rational? that people listened to the best arguments, compromised, operating in an organized fashion?
PBS
Dec 30, 2012 12:30pm PST
of congress read polls? it is a serious question. approvalago, congress' rating was 18%, an improvement over august where it was 10%. if this good deal -- the fiscal could deal -- the fiscal cliff deal. you think during their well- earned christmas break, both sides would find a way to come together and do something. >> this is n the fault of congress. congress is behaving like congress. this is the president's fault here the president needs to go to the country and explain why they need to get this done. he has never done this. >> i have heard him talk about it over and over incessantly about why we have to avoid the fiscal clip. it is the fault of congress. they created this fiscal cliff. they did it. no one else imposed this on them. >> the president has never gone to the natioand made a sio speech about debt. he ignored it the first two years. he appoints a commission that he studiously ignores for the next two years. that is why we are at the clip now. he is not serious about the debt. none of his proposals to raise taxes on the rich. he has never put any political capital in entitlemen
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 4:00am PST
that would pass a vote. both houses of congress would convene later this afternoon in a rare sunday session. in his weekly address, the president took his message directly to the public calling for congress to come together to pass a deal. >> for the past couple months, i have been working with people in both parties with the help of business leaders and ordinary americans to come together around a plan to grow the economy and shrink our deficits. it's a balance plan. one that would protect the middle class, cut spending in a responsible way and ask the wealthiest americans to pay a little more. and i'll keep working with anybody who's serious about getting a comprehensive plan like this done because it's the right thing to do for our economic growth. but we're now at the point where in just a couple of days the law says that every american's tax rates are going up. every american's paycheck will get a lot smaller. and that would be the wrong thing to do for our economy. it would hurt middle class families and hurt the businesses that depend on your spending and congress can prevent it from
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 2:00pm PST
a fair shot at? >> martin, it starts with the beginning of this congress that has, you know, basically the last two years, seen historic failure after historic failure regrettably. >> on both party sides? >> on both parties, both branches of government, we are not engaged, wasted time, had recess upon recess, didn't have full workweeks. i mean, the list goes on. and unfortunately, we are in this position today that regrettably imposes a tremendous hardship and burden on the average american. i think there's a serious detachment between washington and the rest of america, frankly. they deal so casually you we will deal with it next year or some other time, not realizing the affects it is having on that person who is worrying, are my taxes going to go up, enough money to pay for my food budget or gas budget, whether or not i will have a job or whether or not companies continue to invest and to create jobs, let alone laying off people because they -- of the uncertainty that's been created and created and perpetuated by congress. and all of this could have been avoided. we should have been
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 4:35am EST
i appreciate you all be near. on behalf of my colleagues in the united states congress, i will ask that you all join me in a moment of silence in tribute to ambassador stevens and the united states personnel who were killed in libya at this morning. thank you. since the days of the american revolution, congress has commissioned gold medals as the highest expression of appreciation for distinguished achievements. the first recipient was general george washington in march of 1776. today, we will present a congressional gold medal to arnold palmer of the commonwealth of pennsylvania. those of you who participate in these events regularly may notice the stage is set up a little differently than usual. we thought it would be more fitting to do so on this side of the rotunda and honor some of the presidents of that arnie knew so well. president gerald ford used to say "you know arnie's army." president ronald reagan. and of course president eisenhower who did a lot for the game of golf. the story goes that eisenhower i asked to play the winner of the 1968 masters championship. that turne
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 1:00pm PST
been able to come up with bipartisan deals to get through congress on taxes and other things. did he give you an indication in the meeting you just had with rank and file republicans that might be an avenue of success? >> there -- those conversations and discussions continue. and we remain hopeful that that will get a breakthrough. on veryiously, what had happened here between the two leaders in the senate had broken down because the senate democrats failed to come forward with a counteroffer to the proposal republicans made last night. so hopefully, the discussions between the vice president and senator mcconnell will get us back on track, hopefully get a breakthrough and something we can vote on, hopefully today or tomorrow that will avert what we believe will be an economic disaster. >> one last question, harry reid said if you can't put something by tonight, he will put a scaled down version of what the president has asked for with regard to tax cuts on the senate planned for of course that is raising taxes on everybody making above $250,000 a year. do you think, knowing your rep
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 4:00am PST
condemned congress for failing to resolve its differences in in normal way. he held firm to middle-class tax cuts to families making $250,000 per year. joining me now from the white house is nbc's kristen welker. kristen, let's take a look at what the president said about what he expects from the senate. >> i just had a good discussion from house leadership about how to prevent this on the middle class. i believe we can reach an agreement. if an agreement isn't reached in time between senator reid and sno senator mccollum, i will reach to him. i believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities as long as the leaders allow it to actually come to a vote. if members of the house or the senate want to vote no, they can. but we should let everybody vote. >> kristen, this up or down vote seems to be the big news of the day. isn't this what the white house wanted all along? >> well, it is and it's president obama's way of saying, look, vote on his basic proposal, the proposal that would extend middle-class tax cut, deal with spending cuts. it's a basic plan that the preside
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am EST
the unexpected. congress might actuall >> a breakeven is w coming in regarding the chief of the cia generaral david petraeus. >> talk abou expecting t unexpected. who would have thought that the highly regarded head of the cia, general david petraeus, would quit his job because of an examarital affair? very disciplined man.. is there a lesson for people in high-profile jobs in n this? >> it is not a lesson they er learn. the idea that it is unusual for the cia direrector toave an affaiir -- t the sainted allenn dulles used to give his wife a diamond every time he commenced a new extramatal l affair. may be the rules are a little fferent -- >> it was a dferent time. >> you c can go forward, , and believe me, there have been subsequent cia directors -- >> do you want to name them? >> no, but i do not understand why the president did not just tell him to apologize and go back to work. >> really? do you believe that? >> he did not give the president a chance. as soon as he found at the store was coming to light, he announced it. >> obama wanted 24 hours to think about it. >> but he in effect sa
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 6:30pm EST
of -- title of the joint resolution. the clerk: senate joint resolution 44, granting the consent of congress to emergency management assistance memorandum of understanding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, and the gentleman from verge, mr. connolly, each will control 20 minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: i ask that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend than include extraneous material on this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i will place my statement in the record and reserve the plans of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. connolly: i thank my colleague for her eloquence on this matter, i also support the resolution, will insert a statement into the record and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. ms. ros-lehtinen: i yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to joint resolution 44. those in favor say ay
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 8:00am PST
both a vote in both houses of congress. chief white house correspondent ed henry is live with more. >> good morning. interesting because the president, in his first sunday show, tv appearance since 2009, when he was pushing health care reform and went on "meet the press" to pound a message over and over, that in his estimation, the onus is on republicans over the next 24 to 48 hour, basically saying, if they don't put together that bipartisan deal in the senate that you just mentioned, they should have a vote in the house and in the senate on the president's stop-gap measure to extend unemployment benefits and extend tax cuts, only for those making $250,000 or less. the president suggesting, playing the blame game, saying, if the republicans don't hold a vote on his plan, they will be at fault, take a listen. >> i think that over the next 48 hours, my hope is that the people recognize that regardless of partisan differences, our top priority has to be to make sure that taxes on middle-class families do not go up that would hurt our economy badly. >> interesting, the president focus
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 12:00pm PST
is in session but after 516 days congress has not been able to make a deal. this morning in an exclusive interview president obama said compromise will be a key to making a deal. >> it is very important for republicans in congress to be willing to say we understand we are not going to get 100%. we are willing to compromise in a serious way. >> senate leaders hoped to send a plan right about now. the talks have broken down. listen to what senate leader said on the floor a short while ago. >> now, i'm concerned about the lack of urgency here. i think we all know we are running out of time. this is far too much at stake for political gamesmanship. the consequences of this are too high for the american people to be engaged in a political messaging campaign. i am interested in getting a result here. >> we have been trying to come up with some counteroffer to my friends' proposal. we have been unable to do that. i had have had a conversation with the president and that this stage we are not able to make a counteroffer. >> what happens now? with us is cello o'donnell and kristen welker. >> we a
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 1:00pm PST
congress. >> those conversations and discussions continue. we remain hopeful that that will have a breakthrough. obviously what happened between the two leaders in the senate have broken down because the senate democrats fail to come forward with a counteroffer to the proposal that republicans made last night. hopefully the discussions between senators and mcconnell will be something we can vote on today or tomorrow that would add veteran what we believe would be an economic disaster. >> will you take a scaled down version, raising taxes on everybody, do you think your republican colleagues that enough republicans will opt over on the democratic side if needed? >> it's hard to say until we know exactly what might be in it. this is what i would say about it. if that is where we ends up. if we decides to move a bill on the floor and extension and put it on vehicle for that, he ought to address this. give us an opportunity to debate in some of these things we think ought to be a part of it. if history is any guide in this is take a bill and prevent republicans from having an opportu
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
.j. holmes filling in for alex. a consequence of history in the nation's capital if congress cannot reach a compromise deal on tax and spending cuts. a short time ago, we were hearing from the president talking about the fiscal cliff negotiations. he spoke exclusively on "meet the press" and he had a message for congress. >> at minimum, make sure people's taxes don't go up and 2 million people don't lose their unemployment. i was modestly hopeful yesterday. now, the pressure is on congress to produce. >> the president responded to what would happen if no agreement is reached and the nation does fall over that cliff. >> if you look at projections of 2013, people generally felt that the economy would continue to grow, unemployment would tick down, housing would continue to improve, but what's been holding us back is the dysfunction here in washington. if people start seeing that on january 1st, this problem still hasn't been solved, that we haven't seen the deficit reduction that we could have had, the republicans willing to take a deal that i give them. if they say that people's taxes have
NBC
Dec 30, 2012 2:30am EST
year on wall street. congress is working the weekend, attempting to avert some part of that $6 billion in automatic tax increases and the spending cuts that are set to kick in on january 1st. that fiscal cliff and its potential impact on our economy brought lawmakers from both houses to washington for last-minute negotiations. concerns about the cliff spooked investors, the holiday shortened trading week was lighter in volume but higher in volatility. the worst decline of the month on thursday after a disappointing read on consumer confident and some public statements by congressional leaders. and yet with one final trading day to go, all the major averages were still showing positive performance for the year of 2012. meantime, the u.s. is set to reach the debt limit on monday. that according to treasury secretary tim geithner in a letter to congress, though, he did say he expects to take what he called extraordinary measures to extend the government's borrowing ability for another two months or so. and even your cup of coffee, once a deal on the fiscal cliff. baristas at the 120 starb
CSPAN
Dec 29, 2012 7:00pm EST
on your spending. and congress can prevent it from happening, if they act now. leaders in congress are working on a way to prevent this tax hike on the middle class and i believe we may be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. but, if an agreement is not reached on time, i will urge the senate to hold an up or down vote on a basic package that protect the middle tax from the income tax hike, extends vital unemployment insurance and lays the groundwork for future progress on more economic growth and deficit reduction. i believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities, as long as these leaders allow it to come to a vote. they still want to vote no, let tax hikes it the middle class, that is their prerogative. but they to let everybody else vote as well. that is the way this is supposed to work. we just cannot afford it politically self-inflicted wound our economy. the economy is growing but keeping it that way means folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. the housing market is healing but i could stall if folks see smaller
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
. that could happen when the senate convenes a rare sunday session of congress. looking to dominate his side of the story while leaders wrangle on the details, president obama made his first sunday show appearance in three years, sitting down with nbc's david gregory this morning to talk about the fiscal cliff. >> i'm arguing for maintaining tax cuts for 98% of americans. i don't think anybody would consider that some liberal left wing agenda. that used to be considered a republican mainstream agenda. >> joining me senator olympia sn snowe of maine. let me start with that. it does seem sort of counter intuitive to have republicans wanting to fight for tax hikes for no one and in that fight, being willing to allow tax hikes for everyone? >> you know, i would agree with that. obviously it is important to make sure that middle income america does not confront a tax increase at the beginning of next year, which is less than two days away. that is critical. the second part is, of course, is trying to address the spending cuts that are going to be crucial next year as well. more for the long-term
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 11:30am PST
days. unless the president and congress are able to come up with some kind of budget deal. so let's bring in brian monroe. the editor of cnn politics.com and he's joining us from san antonio, texas. brian, no one wants their taxes to go up. we know come tuesday, everyone who gets a paycheck will get less money in it unless a deal is reached. i know you've been talking to people and getting the pulse of the country, what are they saying to you? >> you know, martin, you're right, gallup did a recent poll taking a look at this. let's take a look. the recent poll shows that 68% of americans are saying lawmakers are should compromise in order to reach this fiscal cliff solution. only 22% think those lawmakers need to stick to their guns and not budge. either on tax increases or spending cuts. >> so we know that gridlock has been a big problem and we're seeing more, it appears on this issue. in the end could this result in who has the upper hand in public support? >> that's the game they're playing, is it the republicans to blame or the democrats? president obama has seen an increase in
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 12:00am EST
of the library of congress a center for the book. this year's international summit of the book was hosted by the library of congress in washington d.c.. >> earlier this year doctored billing sten named walter dean myers as the third national ambassador for young people's literature. this is a project of the center for the book with a children's book counsel and it's a nonprofit arm, every child the reader. the notion of the national ambassador would be someone who traveled the country on behalf of young people's literature, promoting it and also expanding the audience for reading in every way that we can think of. my proper today you already have. on the table in the back there is a bookmark which has walters photo and also a free explanation of the national ambassador program. it lasted for two years. walter is midway through his two-year term, speaking on behalf of reading and today we are going to learn a little bit about his experience but i would like to start by asking him how he chose his particular theme for his act to the, which is "reading is not an option." walter, do you want
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 5:00am PST
morning." let than 48 hours until the day of reckoning. what do you want on to tell congress sdm we have your video messages. >>> the woman accused of pushing a man front of a moving subway is being charged with a hate crime. >>> in the top things we learned in 2012, trust us, you will be impressed. >>> good morning. i'm alison kosik in for randi kaye. it's 8:00. thanks for starting your morning with you. we begin this morning in washington, and the focus is on capitol hill as lawmakers try to work out and vote on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. both houses of congress are meeting in a rather sunday session. the senate convenes aat 1:00 eastern and the house at 2:00. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellen with the look at the chances for a deal and what's on the table. >> here in washington there is still hope a deal can be cut in time to avert the fiscal cliff. on saturday the president was at work here in the white house, but all eyes were on the senate where negotiators were trading deal points and revenue figures to try to reach an agreement all sides can stomach. the b
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 11:00am PST
and whether congress will act in the new year to try to prevent more mass murders. ♪ constipated? yeah. mm. some laxatives like dulcolax can cause cramps. but phillips' caplets don't. they have magnesium. for effective relief of occasional constipation. thanks. [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. share brotherly love. share one up's. mom ? mom ? the share everything plan. lets your family share a pool of data across 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. now get a lucid by lg, free. >> chris: we are back with senators dianne feinstein and lindsey graham. senator graham, how important is it for secretary of state clinton to testify under oath before she leaves office about the benghazi terror attack? and what do you think we is still need to know about benghazi? >> absolutely essential that she testify. i want to know from the secretary of state point point of view were you inform of the deteriorating security situation. i think it is very important to know how the intelligence coming from libya how it was received in the state department so we can learn and correct any m
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm EST
. for more than a year, i have asked congress for a big fix to our nation's fiscal challenges. i pushed strongly for the simpson-bowles framework for deficit reduction, and yet here we are no closer to a sensible decision on how to bring our $1.1 trillion budget deficit and our $16.1 trillion public debt under control. well, guess what? time's up. no more games, no more excuses, no more ceking the can down the road. we have to act and we have to act in a way that puts our fiscal house in order, reassures the financial markets and puts the people ahead of politics, and we have to deal with these tax increases and spending cuts in a humane and tolerable way. the calm act does all of that. look what happens to people in need if we go over the cliff and just do nothing. on new year's day, the lowest income tax rate will jump from 10% back to the clinton-era rate of 15%. that's a pretty big financial bite for people in west virginia and i know in ohio, too, sir. these are people that are struggling right now. instead of an overnight tax hike of 5%, the calm act smooths the transition by phas
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
argument, placing the blame squarely on congress, specifically, house republicans, mr. obama is cautiously opt mifertic that lawmakers will reach a watered-down deal, but no mention of debt, tax reform or entitlements. i'm shannon bream. the senate will convene in an hour. we have team coverage on capitol hill and at the white house. we start with mike, live on capitol hill. what's the latest on republicans? and how are they reacting to the comments we heard from the president? >> reporter: good afternoon. the critical comments from president obama in a critical stage in these negotiations, certainly seem to hit a nerve. a spokesman for senator mitch mcconnell says while the president was tapingly those remark, senator mcconnell was trying to bring republicans and democrats together on a solution. the spokesman notes, discussions continue. if senator mcconnell and harry reid can reach a deal in the next couple of hours, leading senate republican notes there is no guarantee it will pass both the house and the senate. >> if mcconnell can't get 60% of us to vote for this deal, it will be hard
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 6:00am PST
,000. come january 1st tax cuts for everyone will expire. we have a majority of support in the congress, republicans and democrats who actually support providing tax cuts for people who make under $250,000. >> to the point, would you vote for something if it came out to extend unemployment benefits and it's $400,000 or lower? would you support that? >> if 400,000 doll is part of a balanced package. if it's not -- >> if you get anything, right, it's an extension of unemployment benefits and somewhere along the line retaining tax rates for whatever one defines. >> republicans actually rejected the $400,000. >> we have an obsession level with increasing tax rates, and people across the board say this does nothing to deal with this spending problem we have in this country. nothing. he's fixated on what may help what funded the government for seven days a year. completely ignoring the other 358 days a year. you have to focus on really what's going to save this country, and we are not there. the president is doing nothing about the addiction that his administration has to spending. he's the s
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am EST
for more than a year. respect you a little embarrassed as leaders in the congress that it has gotten to this point that tomorrow is new year's eve, the day it all expires and you still don't have an agreement? we've been having this argument for two years. >> it is embarrassing but almost every disagreement we've this is not because of a senate where we've had lots of -- we've come to agreement on many things. there are 50 hard right people in the house who don't want to compromise. they don't believe in any revenues, they say compromise is a dirty word and speaker boehner just as recently as last week played their tune. you cannot make a deal -- >> okay, but -- >> if you're going to let the people who are the hardest right and uncompromising dictate what we should do. so it's embarrassing but i am hopeful in the new year after speaker boehner is re-elected and he doesn't have to worry about those 50, that he will start working in a way like the senate works a little more which is democrats and republicans together, a majority of each party deciding and the extreme not deciding. >> l
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 8:30am PST
't paid for. we didn't make hard choices. we delayed hard choices. that's what the congress is doing now. going back to your earlier point. the reason people are upset with congress and senate the senate is because we make decisions based on what is in the best interest of our politics not in the best interest of the country. and so there's this lack of trust that we will do what's in the best interest of our country, even if it hurts us politically. and that's called leadership. and we don't see much of that. and that's not a partisan statement. that's both sides. when we look at a parochial interest more important than the interest of the nation, which is exactly the opposite of why the senate was createed in the first place, why we had a bicamera legislature. you see why we have such low esteem in voters. >> o'donnell: you both served with nebraska senator chuck hagel who has been it named for it defense. >> you cannot vote for him because of the statements he's made. >> i think he has proven his patriotism, and public service. two purple hearts in vietnam. this man deserves more than
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
and you'll wake up the next morning and face a higher tax rate unless congress acts. there's also a possibility of a $108 billion in spending cuts. this is largely the defense department as we talked about and also money that ends up in people's pockets. there's an economic impact. >> i misspoke, i said tuesday at midnight. tomorrow at midnight. >> yes, december 31. >> the money is personal for people. you start to talk about budging a household. for the average family? >> 3500 bucks is the income tax hit. >> above what they're paying. >> and additional 3500 for median income. that goes up dramatically the wealthier you are. tens of thousands of dollars more. you could on the hook for a real hit. >> the argument is the wealthy won't feel it but they won't spend it either. >> that's the point. a lot of those people paying higher taxes own small businesses and will opt not to hire and it will ripple through the economy. >> it hurts when i hear you say job losses because we have so many millions out of work. people don't want to talk about money. some have tuned out of the process, t
FOX Business
Dec 30, 2012 1:00am EST
's not worry about that right now. the last thing we want to see is a we-need congress and a weak-willed president patting themselves on the back because they have some watered down deal. i think they need to feel some ain, i think they need to see he the implication in the markets, in the ecomy, so, yes, i think no deal right now is better than a bad deal. >> okay, gary b, jim mentioned the market, let me play wall street on tv. basically i'm sick of this. 'm going to keep heading south because the uncertainty, the anxiety is killing me. if we had any kind of deal, at least we might see stocks move up a bit. that wld be good for our 401(k)'s, wouldn't it? >> that's exactly my perspective, brenda. this was a really rough week on the market and it's all related to, n the-- not the fiscal cliff, it's the psychology of the fisl cliff, and the sad truth is whether they do a deal now or they thoughtfully do a deal six months from now, really, nothing will be accomplished. the fact is, public debt is consuming our economy. it's about 73%, regardles o what deal gets done. it will be abou
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 6:30pm EST
they are and there should an up or down vote. >> reporter: if they reach a deal it won't pass congress necessarily by monday night. if it doesn't every body income tax also go up. average family would pay an extra $3446 more in 2013. and farm programs would expire. potentially doubling the price of milk. and if congress doesn't pass a new bill. >> we will come back with a new congress in january 4th and the first bill that will be introduced will be class families. >> reporter: the bargaining continues tonight. abc news, new york. >> for more on the fiscal cliff we have you covered. go to abc2news.com. head to the home page slide show for breakdown of what difference scenarios in -- difficulty scenarios in washington -differ scenarios in washingtoncould different scenarios could mean in washington. >>> look at the flames shooting from this house. investigators say a 4-year-old saw the fire and told his grandmother because his parents were not home. man inside tried to put it out- - -- a man inside tried to put piet out but the flames were too intense. no one was injured but the fire caused more than $100,00
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 8:00am EST
is that the fiscal -- because of the fiscal pressures, the services and the congress will be more cooperative in actually implementing these savings. these efficiencies are not made up by academics like myself. these were recommended by official government study groups and like the defense business council and so forth. so we're hoping the fiscal pressures will at least give us 20% of that $900 billion, which would greatly ease the choices facing the defense department. >> do you think -- and we've talked about in this the past -- is the right approach to be going into this kind of scenario to actually make very big cuts and very big trade- offs very early on? >> this is essential. all the members of the group agreed that the worst thing to do is to say, okay, this year we're going to cut ten so we do a little slice. then the next year you have to cut another ten and do another slice. they say give us the long-term picture, and we have the strategy, and we'll know how to implement that strategy, and we can do it rationally in a way which minimizes the disruption to our combat forces. >> there
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 3:00am PST
want to tell congress about the fiscal cliff? we'll have your video messages. >>> the woman accused of pushing a man in front of a subway is now being charged with a hate crime. now she's saying why she did it. >>> wow, a plane crash caught on tape, the story. hind this dash cam video of an exact moment a jet slammed into an overpass. >>> it's sunday, december 30th, good morning, i'm allisison kos. randi kaye is off today. we're going to start this morning in washington where all eyes on capitol hill as lawmakers try to work out on a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the deadline is less than 48 hours away and as to whether they can get it done, the president says he's hopeful. >> i'm modestly ll lly optimis an agreement can be achieved. let's make sure that middle class families and the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> both houses of congress are meeting in a rare sunday session. the house an hour later at 2:00. our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin now with the look at a chance for a deal and what's on the table. >> alison,
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 12:00pm EST
with a set of amendments to it. and make that the first order of business when congress convened. but that promise when they did get the nine states to ratify and it went into effect in congress that it may be the first thing they started discussing this amendment. to make a long story short, instead of sprinkling them into this or that provision of the articles of the constitution, but ended up as the bill of rights and the first 10 amendments and the second was none of them. they didn't create anything new. they simply recognized a right of assert a pair can connect to doubt that the political for it, which was to ensure that the states could keep their militias, even if the federal government had a standing army to wish everyone at the time that would be the worst idea possible. that could lead to tierney. this was seen as a check against that kind of tyranny, a deterrent if you will to a tyrannical federal leader who could try to take over the country. >> host: is there any question of self-defense are hunting? >> guest: very little. the amendment doesn't say anything about s
FOX
Dec 30, 2012 8:00am EST
obama says it's important for congress to vote on some type of package before the fiscal cliff deadline expires. >> if an agreement isn't reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an upor -- up or down vote, one that protects the middle class from a hike, extends insurance to 2 million americans looking for a job and lays the groundwork for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction. >> the current congress only be in session until january 3rd. after that, 13 new senators and 82 new house members will take over and inherit this huge problem, right out of the congressional gate. audrey barnes, fox 5 news. >> critics are most concerned about the -- spending will be cut by more than $50 billion but exactly what is cut is still to be determined. >> going to affect the operational force that's deployed in terms of its ability to maintain its equipment, to get repair parts and that forces -- not just the force that's in afghanistan that's being reduced. it would impact on the train
FOX
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am EST
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